BVT | Paranaque City Philippines | 09/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Five Hopalong Cassidy B westerns in one DVD at an absurdly low price is ridiculous indeed. Yet, here it is by Platinum. There are four volumes of pure Hoppy westerns and it would be be ridiculous not to get all of them. These are not bootleg copies but products sanctioned by U.S. Television Office, the Hopalong Cassidy copyright holders. What then makes these different from the Hoppy DVD released by Image (also with US Television Office blessing)? Not much really. Except that those coming from Image are the vintage 1930's movies while the Platinum ones are circa 1940's. The 1930's westerns have a different feel to them, that makes the Image products quaint. Also, the Image products have additional features and with almost "Criterion Collection" like picture quality. These have been cleaned up and enhanced. But the 1940's Hoppy films from Platinum are also of very good quality. The clear and sharp images (for an economical product) is unbelievable. I suggest you get all the four volumes. There are also no "repeats" of the the Image selection in these Platinum releases. You can have both collection, one of the 1930's Hoppy and the other the 1940's releases. You'll enjoy the many hours of watching Hoppy westerns."
A Family Affair
Aradia | Shelton, WA USA | 11/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a child I was in love with TV westerns. Actually, I was in love with horses. I was also fickle. One day it was Trigger, Roy Roger's palomino...then it was Champion, Autry's mount. Silver, Scout, Diablo, Loco all made their bids for my heart, but one big white horse had it always. He was Topper and he was ridden by Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd), hard-working foreman of the Bar 20 Ranch.
I not only watched Hoppy and Topper faithfully, but was able to go on the sets and sometimes location to watch them shoot the episodes. My great uncle was Sherman L. Lowe, and he wrote many of the Hoppy episodes (he also did Ramar of the Jungle, Gene Autry, and the Cisco Kid...and penned the movie "Cat Man of Paris"...but we don't admit to the latter in polite society ;) )
As a devoted niece, it falls upon me to laud my great uncle (and he often reminded me how great he was!) It couldn't have been easy grinding out all those horse operas, but he loved it, and I think he did himself proud. Of all the westerns on early TV, Hopalong Cassidy was my favorite, and remains so today. The show was well directed, full of action, and starred a man who never over-played his role, and still won the hearts of his viewers. (Oh, did I mention that MANY episodes were VERY well-written?)
Seriously, though...if you are a fan of the 40's and 50's TV westerns, you can't go wrong with Hopalong Cassidy. The show made the most of what it was, and never let the viewers down. Action, adventure, and a big white horse... Ahhhhhhh...that's MY kind of western!
(How'd I do, Uncle Sherm?)